No new iPods... but a mighty powerful G5 replacement

After months of speculation that Apple was preparing to launch new iPods, a mobile phone and a space station, Steve Jobs last night unveiled a PC: the

After months of speculation that Apple was preparing to launch new iPods, a mobile phone and a space station, Steve Jobs last night unveiled a PC: the Mac Pro.

Long expected, the Pro is the final piece in Apple’s grand jigsaw to build a range of entirely Intel-based and Windows-capable computers. Being the daddy of the range, it’s also the most powerful – Apple’s kitted it out with a pair of Dual Core Xeon processors that can be specced to take it to a Photoshop- and Illustrator-friendly 3GHz.

Performance geeks will also be pleased to hear it can handle 2 terrabytes worth of hard drive capacity, provided cash is no object. With a 30in Cinema Display (pictured) and every single trimming on Apple’s menu, for example, we managed to configure the Mac Pro to a cool £9,978.

Options to spank your wallet include NVIDIA’s professional level graphics card, the Quadro FX 4500, and a monstrous 16GB RAM (the same as the old G5 that the Pro replaces).

Fitted out as standard, the behemoth comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and two Superdrives, AKA DVD burners.

So far, so expected, although the one big surprise is that Apple hasn’t ditched the case in favour of a new design. That’s no bad thing, mind, as the G5’s aerated muscle look is a firm favourite in the Stuff camp.

Essentials

Apple Mac Pro Quad Xeon

Price: From £1700

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